Dutch police arrest three Syria-bound ‘jihadists’ Wireupdate, November 30, 2012
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS (BNO NEWS) -- Dutch police have arrested three men who were about to leave the Netherlands to participate in 'violent international jihad' in Syria, where rebels are attempting to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, prosecutors said on Friday.
The three men, aged 22, 23 and 33, were arrested on Thursday morning in the port city of Rotterdam, about 55 kilometers (35 miles) southwest of Amsterdam. The investigation into the group began in October on the basis of a report from the country's General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD),
The men had earlier bought tickets for a flight to Turkey with a connecting flight to the border with Syria, but the flight was canceled and eventually postponed. Two of the suspects were planning to take another flight from the Belgian capital of Brussels to Turkey on Thursday afternoon.
"One of the men last week married a Muslim who he had never met. He recently met her on the Internet," the country's prosecutor's office said in a statement. "The man planned to travel to Syria with his wife to fight for the jihad. In a photo for his bride the man posed with an AK-47 assault rifle."
In one online message to his wife, the suspect allegedly said: "I hope we will die together and go to paradise."